Reverend Stephen Stahley is a wedding officiant based in Ranson, West Virginia. As an ordained Catholic priest, this officiant works with clients to structure a service that reflects their aspirations and goals. Rev. Stahley prides himself on respecting and honoring all couples and faiths. He works with couples throughout the Washington D.C area, performing weddings at both indoor and outdoor venues.
Rev. Stahley was ordained a Catholic priest in 1978 as a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. He served parishes in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. In 1988, Rev. Stahley resigned from the active priesthood and married his wife, Lisa. After a long career with the Montgomery County Government, he retired from public service and now devotes himself to a wide range of ministerial duties. Since 2003, Rev. Stahley has officiated at over 400 weddings throughout the nation.
While Reverend Stahley specializes in Catholic-themed nuptials, he has officiated at a wide range of religious, non-religious, and interfaith wedding ceremonies. Additionally, he has performed civil unions and vow renewals. While many couples prefer to go with established vow and ring formats, Rev. Stahley is happy to work with newlyweds-to-be who want to write their own pledges. He is also happy for them to add their own special elements to the wedding ceremony. If you are affiliated with a specific religion, Reverend Stahley will be glad to work with you in developing a ceremony that reflects the beauty and significance of your tradition.
57 Reviews for Rev. Stephen Stahley
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Gussie O. · Married on 10/17/2020
October 2020 wedding
We are so happy that we found Steve to officiate our October 2020 wedding on the eastern shore of Maryland. He was a comforting presence to have at the wedding and truly made an effort to get to know us and our families prior to officiating our ceremony. He even took time out of his vacation to have lunch with us so that he could get to know us better - he really went above and beyond. I would highly recommend him to anyone.Sent on 12/20/2020
Rev. Stephen Stahley's reply:That perfect October day on the Eastern Shore was luminous, warm, and so filled with joy--how pleased I was to be a part of your special day. And discovering all those Philly family connections along with the deep, abiding bond with my former religious order just made everything that much better. I was so pleased and honored to be a part of that wonderful day. Thank you!
Katie · Married on 10/10/2020
Joyful in Spirit, Wise in Experience, and Young at Heart!
Working with Steve was a blessing in every possible way. In all interactions, he showed such genuine excitement for us and our journey as a couple, and keen attention to what was most important for our ceremony. His encouraging messages throughout the process, and perfect blend of relaxed gravitas and heartfelt celebration in the ceremony, helped us stay centered so we could fully feel and appreciate the whole experience of preparing and 'crossing the threshold' on our Wedding Day.Sent on 12/20/2020
Rev. Stephen Stahley's reply:My thanks again for this wonderful review. Being a part of your wedding on that lovely autumn day felt like the perfect harvest celebration of abiding love, deep friendship, and relaxed joy--just perfect in every way.
Shawna P. · Married on 09/18/2020
Thank you Stephen Stahley from the bottom of our hearts for being the most amazing officiant. From being so responsive to my first Wedding Wire inquiry in January 2020 (we were looking for a semi-catholic wedding and someone blended family friendly), to getting through a pandemic, to dealing with a large bridal party with all different suggestions, to finding a new venue, to the zoom meeting instead of in person, to the wonderfully lead rehearsal dinner and lastly, the most amazing big day- THANK YOU! I looked forward to the emails received on holidays checking in. I knew you were just as excited about our wedding as we were. Thank you for sticking with us through the stressful times of COVID. We are so grateful that we had a videographer that recorded the entire beautiful ceremony, and have watched it over and over. You remembered all 6 of our children’s names off the top of your head and that was the most impressive. The zoom meeting just before the big day helped us feel as ready as we could be! Thank you for being such a perfect fit for our family. We hope to stay in touch for years to come.Sent on 12/16/2020
Rev. Stephen Stahley's reply:Blessing your wedding on that bright, beautiful day surrounded by your bright, beautiful children was a celebration unlike any I ever experienced. My happiness for you filled me to the brim and I felt so fortunate to share in that extraordinary celebration with you. Such a lovely day. Thank you!
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